Architectural Firms

  • A list of qualified architect firms was approved by the San Rafael City Schools Board of Education at their January 9, 2023 meeting to provide services for Bond Measures B and C (2022). These firms are prequalified to perform comprehensive design services on selected projects for Measures B and C.  


    The following firms were approved:

    AXIA Architects
    CA+SA Studio
    HED Architects  
    HKIT Architects  
    HMC Architects
    HY Architects  
    Interactive Resources (Specialty Roofing & Waterproofing)
    Noll & Tam Architects
    QKA Architects
    SVA Architects
    Verde Design (Specialty Field Design)


    Architects for Bond Measures A and B (2015)

    In August 2016, the San Rafael City Schools Board of Education approved the pool of available and prequalified architectural firms to perform comprehensive design services on selected projects within the Measure A and B Programs.

    The following four firms were approved:

    • Deems Lewis McKinley Architecture, San Francisco, CA
    • Hibser Yamauchi Architects, Oakland, CA
    • Simmons/ Vasquez Associates Architects, Oakland, CA
    • Quattrocchi Kwok Architects Santa Rosa, CA

    As part of the next steps for the Elementary School District, a collaborative architectural selection process is currently being developed to match specific school site assignments with each architectural firms' strengths. This collaborative process will include select Board members, principals, teachers, staff, community members and others. One architect will be selected for each project/ school site in order to maintain streamlined communication.

    For the High School District, the program schedule indicates the HVAC work at Terra Linda High School and San Rafael High School will begin during the summer of 2017. In order to maintain this aggressive schedule, the Board approved the recommendation of Hibser Yamauchi Architects for San Rafael High School and Deems Lewis McKinley Architecture for Terra Linda High School.

    Learn more about each firm below.

    Deems Lewis McKinley Architecture

    DLM Logo DLM Architecture was established in 1959 and is an architecture and engineering firm working in Northern California. The founding principals believed strongly that the practice of architecture would be more responsive to clients if the principals of the firm were directly and personally involved in each project. DLM is organized so that the people working on the design and documentation are typically the same people involved with construction administration. This is DLM’s approach, and it ensures continuity of response to program, technical, and aesthetic concerns throughout each project. DLM has committed itself exclusively to public school construction since 1987.

    HY Logo Hibser Yamauchi Architects

    HY Architects, established in 1977, has been providing design services to K-12 districts throughout California for 28 years. During this time, they have provided turn-key A/E services for virtually every type of project – from new campus construction to additions, modernizations, master plans and facilities assessments. HY Architects believe that the facilities in which learning occurs matter significantly in relation to the overall outcomes for both academic and social success. For this reason, all schools require extreme care in their design, planning and development. Their belief is that collaboration holds the key to good planning and design.

    Simmons/ Vasquez Associates Architects

    SVA Formerly known as MVE Institutional, SVA Architects has deep experience in both the public and private sectors. They also have an effective design philosophy called Contextual Architecture – a system that prioritizes toward understanding all the various “contexts” of a project from strategic business objectives to socio-economic factors to attributes of the tenants themselves. Their many clients know them as a highly collaborative team. And they take pride in having the management skills to steward complex projects, with diverse stakeholders and interests, to a successful launch.

    Quattrocchi Kwok Architects

    QWA Quattrocchi Kwok Architects (QKA) has been designing educational spaces for 30 years and has been at the forefront of conceptualizing the “21st Century School.” They are passionate about education and using their talents, expertise and vision to design purposeful and distinctive school environments that make a positive impact on children, families and faculty. They collaborate with school districts and the communities they serve, bringing better educational experiences to students through design solutions that solve complex problems.